PRAISE: 350 students from campuses in south western ontario came out to our annual Summit Fall annual retreat to be encouraged to love God and love others. Great momentum at our colleges (Conestoga, Fanshawe, St. Claire) of people wanting to get connected to a Christian group and helping their campus know Jesus. PRAY: Brock will be doing a couple of outreaches on campus this month discussing with students on campus what they think about some big questions in life. Please pray for good conversations where Jesus will be glorified, Christians will learn how to share their faith clearly, and people take steps towards Jesus. Pray for our upcoming training that we have for our Power to Change student leaders across South Western Ontario. Pray that it will be a good time for leaders to meet each other, be encouraged and be mobilized to help multiply disciples of Jesus on their campuses.
PRAISE: Russ had an effective training time with leaders in Budapest. Our work pass for Singapore was approved. Kids doing great in school. PRAY: Progress in skin and gut issues with Heath (still bad) and Gwenyth (much better). Resolution of an issue with the CRA on our 2016 taxes (currently withholding a large refund). For clear next steps and effective witness with neighbors we are reaching out to.
PRAISE: Several men have been able to return to their families and communities. Al has gained courage and confidence as he faces possible deportation. Danny is maintaining stability since being released to the half way house. PRAY: Scheduling for groups and one on one visiting has become troublesome at Bath Institution. Millhaven is facing unrest and violent outbreaks in the past 2 weeks between guards and inmates restricting all movement. Pray for wisdom to facilitate services and programs without compromising the integrity of the material. Continue to pray for salvation of Steve, Bob, Kevin and Chris.
PRAISE: For an excellent time in Ottawa this past weekend. I met with 15 church leaders on the Saturday morning so they could become acquainted with each other and also have an opportunity to learn together. I anticipate bringing this group together, once every three or four months. About a month ago I had a video conference call with three people; one from France, one from Australia and one from India. We were discussing the question; What are we doing to develop the leaders of the churches of our church network? The last question was, How are you supporting individual leaders who may be discouraged or in trouble of some kind? One said they provide professional counselling, another said they provide volunteer support for persons are willing to receive it and the third said that they help, if they can, pastors find lawyers to help them get out of prison. Many of our pastors have been in jail.
PRAISE: Practically it has been a smooth transition into my new role on the global missions team. I'm enjoying working with my new teammates (there are 9 of us in 3 different provinces). We were together for 2 days in September. It was a good time of bonding and I was thankful for how comfortable I felt in my role on the team. October 2nd P2C had an international day of prayer. It was spiritually refreshing and inspirational. PRAY: We are still looking for leaders for our a few of our summer mission trips. Pray that we could confirm the last 3 by the end of the October when all the mission trip leaders will gather together to start planning the trips. Pray for me as I help to lead and organize this time of planning. This year I'm responsible to oversee the application processing for all of our mission trip participants. Pray that I would find one key person to help me lead this and many people to process applications. Pray that God would equip me for this area of leadership as it's new to me.